Bicentenary: The Marist world celebrates
The bicentenary of the Marist Brothers Institute has been celebrated in many different ways in the first few weeks of 2017. What follows is an impression of these celebrations in Europe and around the world.
Bicentenary of the foundation of the Institute
“Lavalla200>” project: new European community in Sicily
On the 2nd January 2017 the Marist Institute will celebrate the bicentenary of its foundation. In the letters which have been written by Brother Emili Turú, Superior General, during the past three years of preparation for the bicentenary, he wrote about a new project to be called “International Communities for a New Beginning” and extended the following invitation to all Marists of Champagnat: “to discern, before God, whether you feel called to leave your home country to form part of an international community in another region of the world.”
Bicentenary of the Institute and #MillionMarists
On the 2nd January, our Marist Institute will celebrate the bicentenary of its foundation. The Marists of Champagnat have been preparing this historic event for three years making way towards a new beginning. As in a triduum, the three years are giving us the opportunity to reflect on three aspects of the Marist vocation: mission during the Montagne Year (2014-2015), communion in the Fourvière Year (2015-2016) and, as of August 2016, spirituality in the La Valla Year.
A week full of inspiration…
From 14th till 18th November a week-long meeting took place in the Westerhelling house in Nijmegen, a time to find out about the various projects and activities being carried out in the Netherlands by the Marist Brothers and their collaborators. This initiative is part of a journey of European formation set up for Brothers and Lay Marists with the aim of helping them to take on Marist tasks in the future.
Marists in the Netherlands
Universal Day of Children’s Rights
On the 20th November 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On its 30th anniversary, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For this reason we celebrate the Universal Day of Children’s Rights each year on the 20th November.
European Marist meetings
The members of the five European Provincial Councils met in Guardamar from Sunday, 30th October until Saturday, 5th November. The Provincial Council benefited from this meeting to hold a Provincial Council meeting on Sunday, 30th October. The members of the General Council were present from 31st October until 3rd November for an Extended General Council meeting. Read more »
Marists in Germany
The Marist world visits Mindelheim
The Marist World Visits Mindelheim – this could well be how to name the short visit of Brother John Klein (New York, USA) and Brother Paterno Corpus (General Santos, Philippines) in October. Brother Paterno is the Director of a school with a roll of 8000 pupils while Brother John leads a project which helps to integrate illegal Mexican immigrants. Both Brothers came to Marist College in connection with the RE syllabus of Class 12 to speak of their experiences with the social work projects in their respective countries.
Brothers and lay people
Laity Continental Commissions Meeting at the Hermitage
From 3rd – 8th October fifty Brothers and lay people met in Notre-Dame de l’Hermitage to define proposals on the life of Marists of Champagnat, which will be presented at the 22nd General Chapter. Our Province was represented by Christian Diepold and Wolfgang Hacker, who are both teachers at the Maristenkolleg Mindelheim. Wolfgang is also the Province representative on the European “Brothers – Laity” Commission.